CHARLESTON -- Sex offender treatment was the "most compelling" requirement for a woman who pleaded guilty to a reduced charge after being accused of soliciting a sex act from a teenage boy.
That was the explanation from the prosecutor in the case against Breanna L. Rhodes, who was charged with indecent solicitation of a child. It was a felony offense that accused her of asking to perform sex acts with the 13-year-old in April.
Rhodes, 23, for whom records show an address of 706 E. Rudy Place, Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge, with the agreement in her case.
Her sentence was two years of probation that included a requirement for an evaluation for sex offender treatment.
According to Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher, who prosecuted, Rhodes volunteered for the evaluation and went through it before the agreement was reached.
The evaluation showed that Rhodes does need the treatment, Bucher said, and he agreed to the reduced charge because the treatment was the "most compelling" part of the outcome.
Also, Bucher said, authorities believe no sexual contact took place between Rhodes and the boy. Their contact was limited to touching and "cuddling," which the battery charge alleged was of an "insulting or provoking nature," he said.
Records in the case say police interviewed Rhodes in May, when she told them she was "emotionally attached" to the boy. She admitted offering a sex act but said nothing took place "past hugging and cuddling," the records say.
Requirements of Rhodes' probation sentence also included no future contact with the boy. Jail time was also ordered but it was stayed, meaning she won't have to serve if she follows her sentence's other terms.
Public Defender Anthony Ortega, who represented Rhodes, didn't return calls seeking comment on the case.
Circuit Judge James Glenn imposed the sentence based on the terms of the plea agreement that two attorney's jointly recommended.